Shahid Afridi names his two favourite batsmen from India

Afridi, who donned the Pakistan jersey in 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 99 T20Is, picked Australian pacer Pat Cummins as his favourite bowler at present.

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Shahid Afridi of Pakistan. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

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At a time when cricket is slowly getting back to normalcy amid COVID-19 pandemic, former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi conducted a Question & Answer session on Twitter where he answered a plethora of questions. From cricket to personal life, Afridi spilled the beans on many preferences.

One of the questions hurled at Afridi was about his favourite batsman from India. Responding to the question, the Pakistan stalwart picked two prominent faces of Indian cricket– Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Both Kohli and Rohit, over the years, have emerged as an integral part of Indian cricket. The run-scoring spree and consistency make them two of the greatest modern-day batsmen. While Kohli is the only active batsman to average over 50 in all three formats of the sport, Rohit is the only player to have smashed three double tons in One-day internationals.

31-year-old Kohli is touted to even break Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 100 international centuries in the near future. In a career spanning over 86 Tests, 248 ODIs and 82 T20Is, the current Indian skipper has gathered over 20,000 runs and the run-machine of India is anticipated to break several records before he finally bids adieu to the game.

Talking about Rohit, the Mumbai stalwart had a stellar 2019 World Cup campaign where he finished as the highest run-getter of the tournament with a staggering 648 runs from nine matches. The right-hander finished as the top run-getter of 2019 in international cricket, scoring 2,442 runs in 47 matches across all formats. He even flaunted his class with the red ball by smashing a double ton against South Africa.

Afridi also picked Australia’s Pat Cummins as his favourite bowler

Rohit was also the highest run-getter in ODIs last year where he scored 1490 runs in 28 matches. Kohli was not far too behind as he clinched the second spot in the list by amassing 1377 runs in 26 matches. Both Kohli and Rohit are set to brace the field for their respective franchises in the thirteenth edition of the IPL.  Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the cash-rich league will be played in the UAE in September-November window. Rohit will be leading Mumbai Indians while Kohli will be Royal Challengers Bangalore’s chief.

Afridi, who donned the Pakistan jersey in 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 99 T20Is, picked Australian pacer Pat Cummins as his favourite bowler at present. Afridi also named Sir Viv Richards as his favourite batsman of all-time. When he was asked to name the batsmen he enjoyed bowling against the most, the Pakistan international took names of West Indies legend Brian Lara and South African stalwart AB de Villiers.